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    Prision "Skype" Instead of Visits ?

    So, is this a good idea of a bad idea ? Should prisoners be allowed to have in person visits from family members, friends, etc. Or, is the prison system right in replacing in-person visits with video conferencing at $12.99 a pop ?

    http://portside.org/2017-12-13/end-a...amilies-suffer
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    It shouldn't be an either or.
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    Quote Originally Posted by n2ize View Post
    So, is this a good idea of a bad idea ? Should prisoners be allowed to have in person visits from family members, friends, etc. Or, is the prison system right in replacing in-person visits with video conferencing at $12.99 a pop ?

    http://portside.org/2017-12-13/end-a...amilies-suffer
    Skype cannot replace "Conjugal Visitation"!

    Security concerns, say the programs supporters. They point to the conveniences of video, a kind of Skype for the jailed, as a way to combat a nagging security issue: contraband. York says that contraband drugs, weapons, and more can be introduced even in no-contact facilities where inmates are separated from visitors by glass. Im not going sugarcoat it and say its only the visitors that do it, says York. Inmate orderlies and officers might be picking up a bag of marijuana that a visitor leaves in the trashcan and getting paid off to deliver it to the inmate. Ive seen it hundreds of times.
    There are Inmates using smuggled cellphones to communicate via Facebook...right now.

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    This could also mean that the entire industry of prison smuggling is now solely under the domain of those who work for the prisons.
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    Quote Originally Posted by n2ize View Post
    So, is this a good idea of a bad idea ? Should prisoners be allowed to have in person visits from family members, friends, etc. Or, is the prison system right in replacing in-person visits with video conferencing at $12.99 a pop ?

    http://portside.org/2017-12-13/end-a...amilies-suffer
    If it's society's goal to punish inmates it should be done without making the families of inmates suffer as well. It's pretty hard on the families of prisoners. It seems inhumane to disallow face to face visits.

    Also, does increasing isolation of an inmate make rehabilitation less likely?

    Failure to rehabilitate non violent criminals while using the prison system as a form of retribution just creates a perpetual circulation of criminals through the penal system. But they want that- since even the prisons are for-profit now.

    These people have to re-enter society at some point... unless you actually want them perpetually incarcerated.
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    Many inmates do get educated while incarcerated. They are educated on the proper way to crack a safe, steal a car, and other career changers.

    Seriously, non violent inmates should get the benefit of learning a trade or how to participate in society without infringing on others liberties. By the same token, employers should be more open to hiring ex-convicts. It seems to me that the problem here, is that criminals that do get released, have nowhere to turn, except to what they know best......crime. Then jails become nothing more than swinging doors between society and incarceration.

    The Skype idea is good, especially for family members that cannot travel for an eye to eye. However, it may be that those that do travel now, will find Skype more "convenient" and make them less likely to continue making trips to see the family member(s) behind bars, further frustrating the incarcerated. It's a tough call. Under no circumstances should it be the only way to "visit" with a prisoner; it should be available for the families to choose.

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    yeah. having live visits as an option serves both sides well. it's a tool to control inmates.

    also this: prisons are never conveniently located, and the families of inmates are usually not well-off. making the trip (often very long bus/train rides) isn't cheap, and this development may mean that some families are *more* in touch with their inmate ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by KD8TUT View Post
    unless you actually want them perpetually incarcerated.
    Seeing as our prisons are now private for profit organizations....

    Follow the money and you'll see why re-integration of prisoners is unprofitable therefore low priority as is proper rehabilitation of said prisoners.

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